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Jun 6, 2007 07:26 AM

Quick, inexpensive dinner 'tonite' around Bayview/Eglinton/Mt Pleasant

A friend and I are heading from Bloor/Mt Pleasant area up to Bayview & Lawrence for an event that starts at 7:00. We'd like to grab a decent meal on route without breaking the bank. We will only have about an hour to park and eat. Any suggestions?

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  1. Lots of choices on Bayview: Lemongrass; Riz; KamaSutra... (Riz is their sister restaurant - similar menu

    1. Cafe Pleiades 557 Mount Pleasant a few blocks south of Eglinton (next to the cinema).
      Prix Fixe for under $25.
      (Incidentally I have it listed in my Profile under my top 5 Toronto places)

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      1. re: estufarian

        Lolo on Mt. Pleasant also has a 3 course prix fixe for around $25.

        1. re: Yongeman

          Both Cafe Pleiades and Lolo, mentioned above, are good, attractively-priced neighborhood choices - but may not be as quick as you say you want. Another quicker choice, albeit not quite in the same class in quality, is the Granite Brewery, on the east side of Mount Pleasant just south of Eglinton. For one thing, it offers free parking in the underground lot just below the restaurant, so you don't have to chase around looking for a nearby parking place. And the food is decently priced, promptly delivered, and quite tasty if you don't go for anything too complicated (most dishes there are simple anyway). The place also brews its own beer. A fun joint.

      2. These are all good. I am leaning towards Kama Sutra because we both like Indian food but have hubbies who don't.

        Any suggestions if my friend wants to go even more cheap and cheerful? Think fast food prices but without the corporate banner and poor quality food. I could suggest Penrose F&C, but I can't stand the smell in there. Anything else along that line in the neighborhood?

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        1. re: dinin and dishin

          Kama Sutra isn't cheap - especially for the marginal quality!
          All show - the food is not that good.
          How about Duff's?

          1. re: estufarian

            both duffs or the granite brewery could work. Thanks for the warning on Kama Sutra. I was just starting to get a real hankering for Indian. That said, is the lamb curry any good at Granite or is that one of those complicated dishes mentioned?

            1. re: dinin and dishin

              No... we made that mistake once. In a pub, stick to pub food. :)

              1. re: kawarthagirl

                thanks for the warning. I guess I've been spoiled by the Irish Embassy pub which makes an amazing chicken curry. :)

          2. re: dinin and dishin

            McSorley's, a sports bar / peanut shells on the floor kind of place (literally) on Bayview two blocks north of Davisville is definitely cheap and cheerful. Lots of families mixed in with the regulars. I've always thought the food was pretty good given the reasonable prices. There is a green P lot just south on the other side of Bayview. The last time I was there I had their version of a Cuban sandwich, not quite authentic given it was made with BBQ pulled pork but very tasty.

            1. re: munch

              I agree - McSorley's is a better destination than Granite - I find Granite really depressing.

              1. re: estufarian

                McSorley's is so greasy though... Plus the distinctive pluses to Granite are: 1) EXCELLENT beer and 2) parking !

            2. re: dinin and dishin

              d&d, do you mean along the lines of Penrose, as in fish and chips? If you do, there's Olde York Fish and Chips on Laird between Millwood and Eglinton. Very good place--I think they even have a patio.

              1. re: Yongeman

                Yes yongeman, that's the name I was trying to think of. But millwood might be too far out of the way.

              2. re: dinin and dishin

                My husband doesn't like Indian food much either but he likes the butter chicken, the korma... mild things... :)

              3. Tabla, at Yonge south of Lawrence, might fit the bill, much less expensive than Kama Sutra. On Mount Pleasant, there's a relatively inexpensive pizza/pasta joint called Pollucci, or a new tapas place called Bambalache.

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                1. re: Snarf

                  Not quite.
                  Tabla is one of the best (maybe the best) Indian in town - but you pay the price (most expensive Indian I've had in Toronto). Agreed they do have daily specials, but why go for the more mass-production when the spicing on their regular dishes is more sophisticated. Also difficult to get in-and-out within an hour. For me it's a place to linger and relax - dining rather than fuel.
                  But thanks for the heads-up on Cambalache - that's new to me. The menu looks interesting too - although the websites entreaty to go there for valentine's day isn't encouraging.

                  1. re: estufarian

                    If you stick to the apps and soups, you can dine and dash pretty efficiently at Tabla without a second mortgage. Also, at that time of day, you'll find street parking there much more easily than on Bayview.

                    1. re: Snarf

                      I'm confused, is Tabla on Yonge or Bayview? I think Yonge might be too out of the way for the time we have, but Cambalache sounds interesting if it is on Mt Pleasant.
                      Oh never friend just came back from Spain and didn't much like the tapas there...too greasy.

                      We may be stuck with pub food.

                      1. re: dinin and dishin

                        Tabla is on Yonge at Blythwood. There is generally meter parking right outside. If you're heading to Bayview and Lawrence this is actually much closer than the Bayview strip of restaurants, which are all well south of Eglinton.

                      2. re: Snarf

                        Agree!. But why do that when the normal menu items are so good? Like going to a top steak house and ordering burger and fries.
                        But if you want 'serious' Indian food this is the place to go.
                        Many of the other places mentioned in other threads on this Board seem to value quantity (e.g. buffet) rather than quality. Too many places serve generic Bengali cuisine which (in my experience) tends to lack subtlety (just 'hot' or 'mild') with mushy sauces that lack texture. (NOTE: Even in Calcutta - which I visited a couple of months ago - it was hard to find any sophisticated cuisine (affluent Bengalis don't eat their own cuisine in restaurants), although there were some interesting ingredients - e.g. brain curry). And, rightly or wrongly, Indian food is perceived as 'cheap' (perhaps a more polite word is 'value') so to hit a price point, the cuts of meat are also cheap.
                        Nevertheless the future appears brighter. Even though I find Kama Sutra pretty bad for food, it is raising the pricepoint, and improving the ambiance. And there are several other newly (or about to be) opened upper-priced Indian places. Jaaadu (on Yonge south of St Clair) serves very good food (but I prefer Tabla) at prices much higher than 'normal' (for Indian). Their ingredients are top-notch though, although my one experience there suggests they are still adjusting their dishes. Plus the new planned place in the old Jov location, claims to also be Indian - except they seem to want to be Toronto's Vij - which really isn't Indian - more of a fusion using Indian spices - i.e. more like Xacutti.

                  2. My new favourite place. The Homeway ( on Mt. P. just north of Eglinton. They have daily specials that usually look great. I had the burger a couple weeks ago for the first time and it was fantastic. Not too expensive either.
                    The day I was there one of their specials was beef vindaloo.

                    I've been meaning to try Churasco Villa on Eglinton, just west of Mt. P. Get's good reco's on here.

                    Beware of heading over to Bayview. All parking is on Bayview with pay meters. You could spend 10 minutes parking, paying and walking.